Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe and Secure While You’re on Vacation this summer

Going on vacation is a wonderful way to relax and recharge, but it’s important to make sure that your home is safe and secure while you’re away. Whether you’re gone for a weekend getaway or an extended trip, taking a few precautions can give you peace of mind and help prevent any unwelcome surprises upon your return.
1. Notify a Trusted Neighbor or Friend:
Before you leave, consider informing a trusted neighbor or friend about your travel plans. They can keep an eye on your property, pick up your mail, and alert you or the law enforcement in case of any emergencies.
2. Invest in a Home Security System:
Installing a home security system with cameras and sensors can deter potential intruders and provide you with remote access to monitor your home while you’re away. Some systems allow you to receive alerts on your smartphone in case of suspicious activity.
3. Secure Doors and Windows:
Make sure all doors and windows are locked securely before you leave. Consider reinforcing them with deadbolts or security bars for added protection. Remember to store spare keys in a safe place, not under the doormat or in other obvious locations.
4. Set Timers for Lights and Electronics:
To create the illusion that someone is home, use timers to turn lights, TVs, or radios on and off at different times throughout the day. This can help deter burglars who may be watching for signs of an empty house.
5. Arrange for Lawn Care and Mail Collection:
An overgrown lawn or a mailbox overflowing with mail can signal to potential intruders that no one is home. Consider hiring a lawn care service or asking a neighbor to mow your lawn and collect your mail while you’re away.
6. Avoid Sharing Vacation Details on Social Media:
While it’s tempting to share your vacation photos and updates on social media, be cautious about revealing too much information. Avoid posting your exact travel dates or location to minimize the risk of burglaries targeting empty homes. It’s best to post about your vacation details after you are back; not in real-time.
7. Unplug Appliances and Electronics:
To prevent electrical fires or energy wastage, unplug non-essential appliances and electronics before you leave. This includes TVs, computers, chargers, and kitchen appliances that could malfunction in your absence.
8. Check Your Home Insurance Coverage:
Before you go on vacation, it’s also a good time to review your home insurance policy to ensure that you have adequate coverage for theft, vandalism, or other potential risks. Consider adding extra protection if needed.
By following these tips and taking a few precautions, you can enjoy your vacation with peace of mind knowing that your home is safe and secure in your absence. Remember that a little preparation can go a long way in protecting your property and belongings while you’re away.
Safe travels!
Sioux County Sheriff Jamie Van Voorst